Monday, December 26, 2011

Jersey Jazzman: Poverty Matters

Jersey Jazzman: Poverty Matters:

Poverty Matters

A conversation about poverty and international test score comparisons from the comments:


Stuart Buck said...

"But for a woman who is so worried about defining poverty, it seems like quite a stretch to claim so assuredly that this is a "more valid" comparison than Ravitch's."

The reason it's more valid is that even if it's a flawed way to measure poverty, at least different

Occupy the Academy Awards | California Father #ows

Occupy the Academy Awards | California Father:

Occupy the Academy Awards

As we gear up for Occupy The Tournament of Roses Parade can thoughts of occupying the Oscars be very far off? Thinking about it put me in mind of two fellow CalArtists who crashed that glamorous event nearly 25 years ago, bringing down the Hollywood 1% before it was in style.

Chicago Teachers Battle Mayor 1% | Labor Notes #ows

Chicago Teachers Battle Mayor 1% | Labor Notes:

Chicago Teachers Battle Mayor 1%

Howard Ryan
| December 26, 2011

Rahm Emanuel, whom Occupy Chicago has dubbed Mayor 1%, fired another shot at the city’s public schools this month. He's proposed to close schools, fire teachers and staff, and hand over space to private charter school operators. Photo: Chicago Teachers Union.


Rahm Emanuel, whom Occupy Chicago has dubbed Mayor 1%, fired another shot at the city’s public schools December 1. He proposed seven school closings and phase-outs, 10 “turnarounds” in which all the teachers and staff get fired, and six “co-locations,” where private charter school operators grab portions of existing public schools.

Two days later, the Chicago Teachers Union and community groups responded with a teach-in that brought 500 to a high school in South Chicago. CTU and allies pledged to fight through grassroots organizing, street mobilization, maybe even occupying schools.

Chicago communities have fought school closings for years, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. About 100 public schools have been shuttered since 2004, when the city’s Commercial Club unveiled its Renaissance 2010 sch
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Missouri Education Watchdog: What did your kids (or kids you know) receive for Christmas? Will those Gifts Make them Creators or Consumers?

Missouri Education Watchdog: What did your kids (or kids you know) receive for Christmas? Will those Gifts Make them Creators or Consumers?:

What did your kids (or kids you know) receive for Christmas? Will those Gifts Make them Creators or Consumers?

Blogger David McElroy has an article about the Christmas presents children receive and how these presents reveal what adults expect of them. He has some interesting thoughts on how children learn to create (or not).

I remember one of my favorite gifts at Christmas when I was seven

2011 Lesson #3 – “Do then think”: take risks | Connected Principals

2011 Lesson #3 – “Do then think”: take risks | Connected Principals:

2011 Lesson #3 – “Do then think”: take risks



Avalon learning space in action - kids love the ideas wall

Okay … this lesson probably commenced in my early childhood if I count the number of hospital visits from bumping into (stupidly designed) concrete telegraph poles in Auckland, slipping off high chairs to raid the top kitchen cupboards or eating poisonous plants because they looked nice. But the notion of learning by doing really took ground in 2005 when I visited the Icelandic Ministry of Education. Their motto: ‘do then think’. Why,

Daily Kos: A good part of what is wrong with Congress

Daily Kos: A good part of what is wrong with Congress:

A good part of what is wrong with Congress

can be seen in this Washington Post article, just posted, from which I quote the following:

Between 1984 and 2009, the median net worth of a member of the House has risen 2 1 / 2 times, according to the analysis of financial disclosures, rising from $280,000 to $725,000 in inflation-adjusted dollars.

Over the same period, the wealth of an American family has declined slightly, with the median sliding from $20,600 to $20,500, according to the Panel Study of Income Dynamics from the University of Michigan.

All figures have been adjusted for inflation and exclude home equity, which is not included in

Being a Student Ally: Teachers as Necessary Voices of Protest « Cooperative Catalyst

Being a Student Ally: Teachers as Necessary Voices of Protest « Cooperative Catalyst:

Being a Student Ally: Teachers as Necessary Voices of Protest

Standing up to authority is about standing up for our students, our communities and ourselves.

A few months ago I was teaching a somewhat uninspiring writing curriculum to a group of sixth graders as part of teacher training program. As young educators, participants in the training were expected to prepare original lessons from a pre-written curriculum and teach them to classes of about twenty students on a daily basis. We were observed by mentor teachers several times a week, and met with those mentors about once a week to receive feedback on our growth as aspiring teachers. Even with many great supports in place, my colleagues and I were struggling to make the curriculum our own, as well as making it engaging for our students. The program, which was private and in league with many of the standard “reform” movements of the day, put a great

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Dick Cheney appeared in a military courtroom. « Fred Klonsky

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Connecting the Classroom to the Capitol « The Whole Child Blog « Whole Child Education

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Now is not the right time for more charter schools in Michigan

Now is not the right time for more charter schools in Michigan:OPINION: Now is not the right time for more charter schools in MichiganOn Dec. 14, our state legislators passed Senate Bill 618 to allow more charter schools in Michigan. Wasting no time, Gov. Rick Snyder signed it into law on Dec. 20. The leaders in Lansing like the idea of choice and competition, and when the population in Michigan is growing, that way of thinking would be just fine.But ... more »

Charter schools are not the solution: The widow of famed UFT leader Albert Shanker blasts ‘reformers’ - NY Daily News

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SIMMONS: Keep a watchful eye on high cost of school reform - Washington Times

SIMMONS: Keep a watchful eye on high cost of school reform - Washington Times:SIMMONS: Keep a watchful eye on high cost of school reformBy Deborah Simmons-The Washington TimesSunday, December 25, 2011**FILE** D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (Associated Press)STORY TOPICSEducationD.C. Public Education Finance Reform CommissionChristmasFOLLOW US ONFACEBOOKQUESTION OF THE DAYDid you spend less this Christmas because of the economy?YesNoUndecidedOtherLogin to VoteView resultsCOMMENTS (1)RECOMMENDTWITTERLINKEDINREAD LATEREMAILPRINTTEXT SIZE: +| -CLICK-2-LISTENSHAREANALYSIS/OPINIONThere’s a na... more »

Education Inspector General Kathleen Tighe Selected to Lead Recovery Board -- WASHINGTON, Dec. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

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The Quiz: Test yourself on education in 2011 - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

The Quiz: Test yourself on education in 2011 - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post:The Quiz: Test yourself on education in 2011by Valerie StraussThe year 2011 was monumental in education — monumentally good or monumentally bad, depending on your view.School reformers who believe in using business principles to run public schools had a banner year. More states expanded the number of charter schools, promoted vouchers and moved toward using student test scores to evaluate teachers.Read full article

Today's Big Education Ape - PostRank Top AM Posts #ows #edreform

solidaridad: Social Justice Schools Conference by CEJ and PEAC February 2012Big Education Ape - PostRank (PostRank: All)-1 minute agosolidaridad: Social Justice Schools Conference by CEJ and PEAC February 2012:Social Justice Schools Conference by CEJ and PEAC February 2012by Robert D. Skeels * rdsatheneWhat does real school transformation look like? How will we win? Real transformation is rooted in the communities that schools serve, respect the rights of all school employees, and is fully funded.February 10 February 11, 2012Fri: 4:30 to ... more »

The Educated Reporter: Do Teacher-Student Facebook Friendships Cross the Line?

The Educated Reporter: Do Teacher-Student Facebook Friendships Cross the Line?:Do Teacher-Student Facebook Friendships Cross the Line?by Emily Richmond I'm off for a few days for the holidays. Given that some other states and districts are actively debating new rules limiting student-teacher contact via social media, I thought this prior post was worth another look. Missouri recently passed a law to severely limit online interactions between teachers and their students on social networking sites. It quickly became known as Missouri’s “Facebook ... more »

solidaridad: Social Justice Schools Conference by CEJ and PEAC February 2012

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State community colleges set to ration classes

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All My “Best Of 2011″ Lists In One Place | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

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Teach for America: Liberal mission helps conservative agenda - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

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"A Sunday Kind Of Love" - Etta James spending Christmas in hospital

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“Math is #1” The Lives They Lived - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com

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